A barcode can store information about a type of product, RFID tags contain unique identifiers that correspond to inventory database records. Switching in logistics chain offers significant advantages over traditional inventory control methods. In the transportation phase of the supply chain, insurance of both vehicles and the company that deploys them is fundamental. With the ability to read and write new information on an RFID tag, is possible to record real time location and status on a vehicle.
The adoption of warehouse scanners is no longer seen as a nice to have solution, but a must have. Barcode scanners have become a standard solution for logistic to improve productivity and reduce mistakes through receiving, picking, shipping, and inventory processes. Warehouse barcode scanners play a critical role in automating data collection in store operations. They are smart of reading labels very fast without mistakes.
When accurately integrated with a warehouse management system, auto ID technology can reduce data entry to nearly zero and increase data collection speed through receiving, picking, shipping, and inventory management activities.
Promptly and accurately capturing data also improves the information flow not only inside the company, but among the company and the customer. As items and shipment are scanned during order fulfilment, the captured data can be shared with customers or integrated systems.
In more technologically strong supply chains, automated processes as ordering can be started when the warehouse workers scan an item for delivery and triggers an order amount limit. This extra level of visibility and automation through members of a supply chain can be a very effective added value for companies to attract and maintain more customers.
Scanners have evolved from having to be physically connected to a terminal to becoming wireless capable devices. Which means warehouse clerks no longer must be standing at a fixed location to scan items. Wireless barcode scanners improve warehouse efficiency by reducing excessive walking time. Even though this could not be an apparent problem for smaller companies, as the business grows this wastefulness starts to compound, and at some point, will consequence in unnecessary delays and avoidable hires.
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